There’s more to the new airport security measures than just the delays and inconvenience you have to deal with. During the confusion and hassle of X-rays and hand checks of luggage, more and more people are misplacing or forgetting electronic gear such as cellular phones and laptop computers.Airport personnel say that the number of electronic devices found unclaimed in airport terminals is rising. Reuniting these gadgets with their owners is becoming a difficult and full-time job . Most of the gear is unmarked, lacking even basic owner information such as an ID tag that would allow airline personnel to contact the owner.
Here’s how to increase the chance your property will be returned if you should lose your PDA pal or laptop life support:
Mark everything with your name, address and phone number. Use an identification tag on laptops and other larger devices. On cell phones, pagers, PDAs and other smaller gadgets use a printed label on the back. Some people place the label on the inside of the battery compartment so it’s less conspicuous.
You can also engrave your ID information on your gear making it more difficult to remove or rub off. If name, address and phone is too much information to include, just use your driver’s license number.
Keep a record of the serial numbers of all your electronic equipment. (Most have such a number somewhere on the case.) Record the numbers, along with type and description of each unit and keep the information it in a safe place. This will come in handy when you have to submit a claim or need to identify your property
Report all losses. If you think you might have left an electronic device at the airport you should contact the airline, report the loss and file a claim as soon as possible/ Also consider reporting the loss to law enforcement. Many devices are recovered by the police.
Get in the habit of keeping a close eye on your belongings. In the madhouse of the airport it’s all too easy to look away for a second or forget to pick up what you laid down. Make sure you know what you brought with you and where it is at all times.
Laura Quarantiello is the author of “Air-Ways – The Insider’s Guide To Air Travel.” This great book covers every aspect of getting there by air – from picking the airline to getting the best deal and even which are the most confortable seats. For more info please visit” http://www.tiare.com/airways.htm